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Blessed Tears of Virgin Mary p. 10


Miles Beauchamp: The Movement continues p. 6
Zena Sultana Babao: The talent I wish for p. 9
Rudy Liporada: Lapu-Lapu should be the national hero p. 13
HERES TO A LUCKY,

January 26 - February 2, 2017

PROSPEROUS
AND VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Visa applications of Chinese to PH surge by 250%


Bishop Bacani hits back at Duterte:
Parang sira, I pray for him

GMA News | MANILA,


1/24/2017 -- Novaliches Bishop
Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. on
Wednesday hit back at President
Rodrigo Dutertes remark accusing the Catholic prelate of having
two wives.
If he [said] that, I pity him. Parang sira. I pray for him, Bacani
said in a text message.
He also said that, If Duterte
were not immune from suit, I
would sue him for defamation
and libel.
During a dialogue with relatives
of the 44 police commandos who
died at the Mamasapano clash in

2015, Duterte once again lashed


out at leaders of the Catholic
Church in the Philippines, calling
them "full of shit."
Duterte has been hitting the
Church's leadership for criticizing his administration's war on
drugs.
One of those he criticized and
named in his speech last Tuesday
was Bacani.
"Ang opening remarks si Bacani. P inang Bacani na iyan,
dalawa pala ang asawa. Pareho
ko. Parang mayor din ang buang.

Destiny

( Continued on page 11 )

Graduation

So overpowers Indian GM,


grabs solo lead

Philstar.com | MANILA,
1/19/2017 GM Wesley So of
the United States overpowered
Indian GM Pentala Harikrishna
in 48 moves of an English duel

Rappler.com | MANILA,
1/26/2017 With the country's
friendlier ties with China, more
Chinese tourists are coming to
the Philippines.
The chief of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) revealed on Thursday, January 26, that the number
of Chinese applying for a tourist
visa to the Philippines has surged
by 250% to 1,400 daily.
"Visa applications of Chinese
for travel to the Philippines rose
to 1,400 a day, from 400, after
President [Rodrigo] Duterte's
pivot to China," NEDA DirectorGeneral Ernesto Pernia said in a
brieng.
Pernia attributed this to the improved diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China
since Duterte's state visit to Beijing in October 2016, leading to
the lifting of Chinese restrictions
on travel to the Philippines.

to seize the solo lead after ve


rounds of the Tata Steel Masters
2017 in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands on Friday.
So outplayed Harikrishna in the
opening and won the exchange
on the 23rd move that he easily
translated into a win, the former's
third straight after drawing his
rst two outings including one
with reigning world champion
GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
The win pushed So, who beat
Hungarian GM Richard Rapport
and Dutch GM Loek Van Wely
in the last two rounds, to the top

by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr

Publisher & Editor in Chief


Asian Journal San Diego
The rst and original Asian Journal in America
From the book, Destiny
Chapter 2
San Diego, California
January 27, 2017

ona bade her son Freddie goodbye, unsure of the future that awaited her. She
would not want to be separated from him, the only reason why she would
want to live despite the grave misfortune that befell her.

Sixteen years ago, she was looking forward to a bright future. It was the day of her high school
graduation, and she would graduate as a valedictorian. She was scheduled to deliver a valedictory
speech, which she rehearsed several times during the past few days.

( Continued on page 6 )

( Continued on page 6 )

NAIA keeps list of banned taxis 7 Reasons why the Filipino will change the world
and resilience which he says has
Good News Pilipinas | MAbased on passenger complaints NILA,
made him a better person.
1/26/2017 -- Best-selling

Inquirer.net | MANILA
1/20/2017 -- Hundreds of regular
taxis are now banned at Ninoy
Aquino International Airport
(Naia) because of mounting
complaints from passengers,
ranging from overcharging to
rude drivers.
In July last year, the Manila
International Airport Authority
(MIAA) started allowing regular, unaccredited cabs at the four
Naia terminals to cope with high
passenger arrivals.
Six months later, ofcials at

Naia Terminal 1, where most


international ights arrive, have
come up with a record of nearly
200 taxis, identifying their drivers and the corresponding complaints lodged against them.
Terminals 2 and 3 also have a
list of over a hundred banned
taxis.
If the (banned taxis) keep on
lining up at the taxi bay despite
the ban, they will be driven away
by our security personnel or
issued trafc citation tickets by
( Continued on page 8 )

author and motivational speaker


Mike Grogan has just released
the book 7 Reasons Why the
Filipino Will Change the World
after living in the Philippines for
3 years. The e-book 7 Reasons
can be downloaded for free on
his website at http://mikegrogan.
ph/ebook/.
Excerpts of 7 Reasons give
a taste of why a foreigner has
fallen in love with the Philippines
not for its tourist destinations
and natural beauty but because of
the Filipino warmth, joyfulness

The Irishman who believes the


Philippines has everything it
needs to become a rst world nation in our lifetime has lived in
the country since 2014. Grogan
has since made it his mission to
travel across the nation delivering speeches telling them why
he believes the Filipino Dream
and why the Filipino will
change the world.

Grogan has spoken to hundreds of


organizations in Visayas, Luzon and
Mindanao, to students, public ser-

( Continued on page 11 )

Latest available data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) show China
is the 3rd largest contributor of foreign
visitors to the country, totalling 630,327
in November 2016, trailing behind
Korea's 1,331,701 and the United States'
771,849.
Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines
Zhao Jianhua had said in a statement
that he expects one million tourists from
China to visit the Philippines in 2017.
Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda
Teo said Zhao's forecast is consistent
with the DOT's goal to attract at least 7
million international visitors this year.
More infra partnerships
Aside from the rising number of
Chinese tourists in the country, another
effect of the improved ties between the
Philippines and China is the increased
loan assistance for several infrastructure
projects. (READ: Ties with China to ll
infra spending gap, pose risk to PPP)
A Philippine delegation led by Finance
Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has
submitted a total of 40 "large and small"
infrastructure projects to China for possible loan nancing and assistance in
conducting feasibility studies. Further
talks on these proposals will take place
in Manila in February.
Dominguez said the meeting of the
high-level Philippine team with ofcials
of China's Commerce Ministry was a
"productive rst step towards achieving
the desire of (Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping) in further reinforcing
ties between the two countries."
Of the 40 projects, 15 are being proposed for loan nancing, while another
25 are for feasibility study support.
Because of this policy direction, Philippine contractors are eyeing up to $100
billion worth of infrastructure deals with
Chinese companies. Rappler.com

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January 26 - February 2, 2017

Life and Other Matters

An American tourist
by Simeon G. Silverio, Jr.
San Diego, California
February 7, 2004

Kayla Mae Ferrer recently celebrated her 18th birthday with a simple dinner dance at Celebrations Talavera in Chula Vista.
Kayla is the daughter of Johnnald H. Ferrer and Suzzette A. Ferrer and is a senior at Morse High School. The celebrants is the
grand daughter of Virginia H. Ferrer, an active member of CTFLC and a regular contributor of Asian Journal.

A friend of mine sent me this


story via the Internet, which I
would like to share.
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist
complimented the Mexican sherman on the quality of his sh
and asked how long it took him
to catch them. Not very long,
answered the Mexican.

But then, why didnt you stay


out longer and catch more?
asked the American. The Mexican explained his small catch was
sufcient to meet his needs and
those of his family.
The American asked, But what do you
do with the rest of your time? I sleep
late, sh a little, play with my children,
and take a siesta with my wife. In the
evenings, I go into the village to see
my friends, have a few drinks, play the
guitar, and sing a few songs . . .I have a
full life.
The American interrupted, I have an
MBA from Harvard and I can help you!

You should start by shing longer every


day. You can then sell the extra sh you
catch. With the extra revenue, you can
buy a bigger boat.
With the extra money the larger boat
will bring, you can buy a second one and
a third one and so on until you have an
entire eet of trawlers.
Instead of selling your sh to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the
processing plants and maybe even open
your own plant. You can then leave this
little village and move to Mexico City,
Los Angeles, or even New York City!
From there you can direct your huge
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Health & Wellness

Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological


aging: Older women with low physical activity and 10 hours of
daily sit time had even 'older' cells
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Researchers at University of
California San Diego School
of Medicine report that elderly
women who sit for more than
10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are
biologically older by eight years
compared to women who are less
sedentary.
The study, publishing online January
18 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found elderly women with less
than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous
physical activity per day and who remain
sedentary for more than 10 hours per
day have shorter telomeres -- tiny caps
found on the ends of DNA strands, like
the plastic tips of shoelaces, that protect
chromosomes from deterioration and
progressively shorten with age.

waking and sleeping hours to track their


movements.
"We found that women who sat longer
did not have shorter telomere length if
they exercised for at least 30 minutes
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guideline," said Shadyab. "Discussions

about the benets of exercise should


start when we are young, and physical
activity should continue to be part of our
daily lives as we get older, even at 80
years old."
Shadyab said future studies will examine how exercise relates to telomere

length in younger populations and in


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January 26 - February 2, 2017

Health benets of taking


probiotics

Harvard Health Publications: The


Family Health Guide

Bacteria have a reputation for


causing disease, so the idea of
tossing down a few billion a day
for your health might seem literally and guratively hard to
swallow. But a growing body of
scientic evidence suggests that
you can treat and even prevent
some illnesses with foods and
supplements containing certain
kinds of live bacteria. Northern
Europeans consume a lot of these
benecial microorganisms, called
probiotics (from pro and biota,
meaning "for life"), because of
their tradition of eating foods
fermented with bacteria, such as
yogurt. Probiotic-laced beverages
are also big business in Japan.

As a cell ages, its telomeres naturally


shorten and fray, but health and lifestyle
factors, such as obesity and smoking,
may accelerate that process. Shortened
telomeres are associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and major
cancers.

Self-dosing with bacteria isn't as outlandish as it might seem. An estimated


100 trillion microorganisms representing
more than 500 different species inhabit
every normal, healthy bowel. These
microorganisms (or microora) generally don't make us sick; most are helpful.
Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens
(harmful microorganisms) in check, aid
digestion and nutrient absorption, and
contribute to immune function.
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Enthusiasm for such foods has lagged


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California Communities

SDSU among top universities


for value education

Kiplingers Personal Finance


ranks SDSU on its list of top
public schools offering highquality education at an affordable price.

Report. SDSU was also recognized as


one of the best universities for veterans,
LGBT students and study abroad.
SDSU also reported record-high graduation rates during the 2015-16 academic
year.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 24,


2017) Kiplingers Personal Finance has recognized San Diego
State University as a top public
school for a high-quality and
affordable education. Kiplinger's
Best College Values ranked
SDSU No. 59 among public colleges based on its academic quality before considering cost and
nancial aid measures. The ranking is based on competitiveness,
graduation rates and academic
support programs.

Approximately 74 percent of rst-time


freshmen graduated in six years or less,
which is up six percent compared to the
prior year.

An estimated 60 percent of Aztecs are receiving nancial aid,


scholarships, or a combination of
both. During the 2015-16 academic year, SDSUs nancial aid
ofce disbursed more than $253
million in nancial aid.
SDSU is proud to offer our students a
quality education at a tremendous value,
as well as a rich experience that extends
beyond the classroom, said Eric Rivera,
SDSU vice president for Student Affairs.
We work hard to ensure our students
receive the support they need to achieve
their academic and personal goals.
Kiplinger estimates the average SDSU
graduate earns $47,400 annually within
six years of earning their college degree.
Continued success
SDSU has been moving up the ranks as
one of the nations top public universities.
The university was recently listed as
one of the nations best institutions for
undergraduate education by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World

Furthermore, continuation rates are


also steady with approximately 90
percent of rst-time freshmen and new
transfer students who enrolled in classes
in fall of 2015, having continued their
studies at SDSU during their second
year.
The university is also working hard to
signicantly increase graduation rates
for underrepresented students. Graduation rates for underrepresented students
were up to 69 percent last year, further
closing the achievement gap between all
students to just ve percentage points.
According to a recent report from Education Trust, SDSU is one of only about
two dozen universities in the nation
to have increased six-year graduation
rates for all students while also closing
the achievement gap. Six years is the
national reporting standard.
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life and leadership opportunities. The
universitys rich campus life features
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in, and engage with, the creative and
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Governor Brown delivers 2017 State of the State address:


California is not turning back, not now, not ever

SACRAMENTO - Governor
Edmund G. Brown Jr. today
delivered his State of the State
address, departing with the traditional practice of listing every issue and restating every priority to
focus on the "broader context of
our country and its challenges."
In his remarks the Governor vowed to
"defend everybody - every man, woman
and child - who has come here...and
has contributed to the well-being of
our state" and committed to protecting
the state's gains on immigration, health
care and climate change, guided by the
principles that make California "the
Great Exception" - truth, civility and
perseverance.
Citing the English poet John Donne,
the Governor made it clear that California is not an island and America's future
is inextricably tied to California's future:
"When California does well, America
does well. And when California hurts,
America hurts."

A few moments ago, I swore into ofce


our new attorney general. Like so many
others, he is the son of immigrants who
saw California as a place where, through
grit and determination, they could realize their dreams. And they are not alone,
millions of Californians have come here
from Mexico and a hundred other countries, making our state what it is today:
vibrant, even turbulent, and a beacon of
hope to the rest of the world.
We don't have a Statue of Liberty with
its inscription: "Give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning
to breathe free..." But we do have the
Golden Gate and a spirit of adventure
and openness that has welcomed - since
the Gold Rush of 1848 - one wave of
immigration after another.
For myself, I feel privileged to stand
before you as your governor, as did
my father almost sixty years ago. His
mother, Ida, the youngest of eight children, was born in very modest circumstances, not very far from where we are
gathered today. Her father arrived in

California in 1852, having left from the


Port of Hamburg, aboard a ship named
"Perseverance."
It is that spirit of perseverance and
courage which built our state from the
beginning. And it is that spirit which will
get us through the great uncertainty and
the difculties ahead.
It is customary on an occasion like
this to lay out a specic agenda for the
year ahead. Six times before from this
rostrum, I have done that, and in some
detail. And, as I reread those proposals
set forth in previous State of the State
speeches, I was amazed to see how
much we have accomplished together.
We have:
Increased - by tens of billions - support
for our public schools and universities.
Provided health insurance to over ve
million more Californians.
Raised the minimum wage.
Reduced prison overcrowding and
reformed our system of crime and
punishment.

Made California a world leader in the


ght against climate change.
Passed a water bond.
Built up a rainy day fund.
And closed a huge $27 billion decit.
And during the last seven years, California has reduced the unemployment
rate from 12.1 percent to 5.2 percent
and created almost 2.5 million jobs. And
that's not all.
But this morning it is hard for me to
keep my thoughts just on California.
The recent election and inauguration of
a new President have shown deep divisions across America.
While no one knows what the new
leaders will actually do, there are signs
that are disturbing. We have seen the
bald assertion of "alternative facts." We
have heard the blatant attacks on science. Familiar signposts of our democracy -truth, civility, working together
- have been obscured or swept aside.
But on Saturday, in cities across the
( Continued on page 6 )

Below is the text as prepared for


delivery:
Edmund G. Brown Jr.
State of the State Address
Remarks as Prepared
January 24, 2017
Thank you. Thank you for all that
energy and enthusiasm. It is just what
we need for the battle ahead. So keep it
up and don't ever falter.
This is California, the sixth most
powerful economy in the world. One out
of every eight Americans lives right here
and 27 percent - almost eleven million were born in a foreign land.
When California does well, America
does well. And when California hurts,
America hurts.
As the English poet, John Donne, said
almost 400 years ago:
"No man is an island entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent, a
part of the main...And therefore never
send to know for whom the bell tolls; it
tolls for thee."

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Perspectives

Destiny: Graduation
( Continued from page 1 )

Hurry up, Dad, she told her


father as prepared to go to her
school in town where the ceremonies would be held.
Go ahead. I will follow shortly he replied. I still need to
look for my camera. Bring your
mom with you.
But her mother decided to go
with her father, so Mona hopped
in a passing jeepney (a public
transport) to have enough time
for the big event.
It was unusually hot as the sun shone
bright. The ceremonies were held at
their schools open auditorium, which
was full of students, parents, faculty
members and guests. As the time for her
to deliver her speech, Mona grew worried. Her parents were nowhere in sight.
She was hoping she could see them as
she spoke for her message was meant for
them: their sacrices during her childhood and adolescence; the hard work
they exerted to assure she and her elder
sister Maura would have bright futures.
She started her speech full of energy, but
her enthusiasm waned as she realized
her parents were absent.
Where are your parents? her teachers
and classmates asked at the end of the
ceremonies. All the other graduates were
hugging their parents or besieged by
their relatives and guests, but Mona was
alone in the middle of the crowd. She
looked around, searched every face like
a ne tooth comb to no avail.
Come join us at our family dinner,
her close friend Anna invited her.
Thank you, but I am ne, she replied.
Maybe there were just important matters that delayed them. I will just go
home.
Deep inside, Mona felt for the worse.
But she tried to convince herself things
would turn out for the better. Maybe her

elder sister Maura decided to come from


Manila, and her parents waited for her at
home. Or maybe they were planning a
surprise party for her.
The commute was unusually hard. Inside a crowded jeepney, the trafc delay
added to Monas discomfort. It was hot
inside, and the smell of perspiration
from the other passengers tempted her to
get off and just walk off. Or even run as
the suspense became unbearable. Why
did her parents not come? It was not
just her graduation but the culmination
of their hard work as she graduated as
valedictorian, the top in her class.
But the distance was still too far. She
would be better off waiting inside the
jeepney, no matter how uncomfortable
it was for her. Slowly, the trafc moved.
At the second corner they found the
cause of the trafc. A huge crowd was
clustered around a motorcycle lying on
its side.
Theres an accident, their driver announced to them. With fatalities.
For some reason, Monas heart beat
faster. With no one giving her any details, she instinctively got off the jeepney
and rushed towards a crowd surrounding
two bodies covered with newspapers.
She recognized her dads shoes protruding out of the cover.
Daddy! she wailed aloud. Without
seeing completely the dead bodies, she
knew they were her parents.
IF THEY WERE RIDING A CAR,
THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN SAFE,
Mona heard a bystander tell a policeman. After all, it was just a minor
collision.
An elderly lady tried to calm her down,
but the anguish in her heart remained.
She would still continuously sob as she
listened to the witnesses put the story
together.
But in a motorcycle? They didnt have
chance.
Mona didnt have the composure to
determine why her parents rode the
motorcycle. Her mind was simply blank.

The Movement continues


Its about people and their rights

Saturday, January 21, 2017


dawned and masses moved. It
was a day that will be studied
and written about in history
books for decades. It was simply
the 2017 Women's March.
Organized by women around
the globe, the 2017 Women's

March was a worldwide protest


to protect women's rights and
other causes including immigration reform, health care reform,
protection of the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial
justice, freedom of religion, and
workers' rights (Wikipedia).

All she could think of was her parents


were dead, gone for good. She would
never see them again, hear them speak,
hug them. The joy and happiness she felt
an hour ago turned to grief. She again
uttered a loud cry.
Mona rode in the ambulance that
brought her parents to the morgue. From
there, she was brought to the police precincts where she was asked details about
her parents identities. A kind policeman
brought her home in a private jeep. She
told a neighbor what had happened and
soon others came to their house to console and give her company. She asked
some of them to take care of the arrangements, as she was not in the position to
attend to the matters.
Slowly, the details of the accident trickled in. Her parents were riding the motorcycle when a wayward car hit them. It
was a minor collision, but the fact they
were riding an unprotected motorbike
caused them to be thrown away and hit
their heads on the road pavement.
It was a misfortune foretold. A relative
pawned the motorbike to her father who
had no use for it except its value. He
would not even let other people use it.
Mitsa sa buhay iyan (Its a wick of
life), he told them. You can die in it in
an accident as you wont have a chance
to survive.
Yet, during the day of his daughters
graduation, he was forced to use the
bike. Their family jeep broke down
at the last minute, and Mona took a
jeepney instead on the way to the school
located in the town proper. Her parents
stayed behind to look for their camera,
but before they knew it they barely had
enough time to make it to the graduation. They were forced to use the motorbike, for using public transport would
further delay them. And as it happened,
tragedy struck. AJ
(To be continued)

A billion
( Continued from page 16 )

who has partnered with Japanese casino


tycoon Kazuo Okada and the Tiengs of
Solar Entertainment Corp. to bankroll
the Miss Universe hosting, was quoted
by ABS CBN News saying,"Worthwhile
investment grabe ang exposure sa
Pilipinas.
Maganda sa ating bansa (This will
bring great exposure for the Philippines.
This will be good for the country)."
The Philippines is reasserting itself as a
tourism destination in Southeast Asia after lagging behind neighboring countries
Thailand and Indonesia.

According to Simon Mayeski,


one of the marchers, One of
the best things about Saturday's
March: in the sea of faces, the
happy smiling ones (mostly
older) and the perturbed/agitated/
angry (mostly younger and not
many at all), I saw only one
person I knew! I've been on a
few marches during my time
in San Diego (a lot of them, to
be honest), and I usually recog-

Gov. Brown

( Continued from page 5 )

country, we also witnessed a vast and inspiring fervor that is stirring in the land.
Democracy doesn't come from the top;
it starts and spreads in the hearts of the
people. And in the hearts of Americans,
our core principles are as strong as ever.
So as we reect on the state of our
state, we should do so in the broader
context of our country and its challenges. We must prepare for uncertain
times and reafrm the basic principles
that have made California the Great
Exception that it is.
First, in California, immigrants are an
integral part of who we are and what
we've become. They have helped create
the wealth and dynamism of this state
from the very beginning.
I recognize that under the Constitution,
federal law is supreme and that Washington determines immigration policy.
But as a state we can and have had a role
to play. California has enacted several
protective measures for the undocumented: the Trust Act, lawful driver's

Blessed tears

( Continued from page 10 )

expose her to shame, decided to divorce


her quietly. (Matthew 1: 18-19) It was
the custom of her time that indelity meets the penalty of death. Joseph
did not want to subject to that fate his
beloved spouse. So he decided to leave
her quietly.
But that was just the beginning of
Marys suffering for and with her son,
Jesus. Her suffering reached its apex
when she beheld her son ridiculed,
shamed and put death as a criminal and
a rabble rouser. Marys steadfastness
and trust in God even in the trouble of
being an unmarried pregnant woman
are a training for her and a sign for us,
arent they? Mary will eventually nd
the greatness of soul to love God and her
son at the foot of the cross, in the shame
of having her son die a shaming death.
And, from watching Mary standing by
the cross, we learn that human greatness
has at its core delity through shame and
suffering, dont we?
Marys humility, tears and magnanimous suffering make her blessed and
greatest among women that merited her
bodily assumption into heaven.
Quotation of the week: The more we
live and try to practice the Sermon on
the Mount, the more shall we experience
blessing. Martin Lloyd-Jones.

nized, at least, many/most of my


comrades-in-arms and on-feet.
Because...40,000! About time!
The march drew at least half
a million in Washington, and
some estimates put worldwide
participation at 4.8 million, according to WomensMarch.com on
January 23, 2017. At least 408
marches were planned in the U.S.
and 168 in 81 other countries
(Wikipedia).

January 26 - February 2, 2017

licenses, basic employment rights and


non-discriminatory access to higher
education.
We may be called upon to defend those
laws and defend them we will. And let
me be clear: we will defend everybody every man, woman and child - who has
come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state.
My second point relates to health care.
More than any other state, California
embraced the Affordable Care Act and
over ve million people now enjoy its
benets. But that coverage has come
with tens of billions of federal dollars.
Were any of that to be taken away, our
state budget would be directly affected,
possibly devastated. That is why I intend
to join with other governors - and with
you - to do everything we can to protect
the health care of our people.
Third, our state is known the world
over for the actions we have taken to
encourage renewable energy and combat
climate change.
Whatever they do in Washington, they
can't change the facts. And these are
the facts: the climate is changing, the
temperatures are rising and so are the

The talent

( Continued from page 9 )

Then she told me a theory that she had


that people get locked into a certain age
and stay that way for the rest of their
lives. It was kind of amazing.
Back at the dance, I saw my grandmother across the room, and of course,
I danced with her, and it was really
great. When youre watching someone
decline, its really easy to get caught up
in the deterioration and forget how much
you love that person. I realized that the
reason I had felt so uncomfortable was
my fear of watching her grow older and
my powerlessness to do anything about
it and the thought of losing her and my
powerlessness to do anything about that.
And then I realized, watching everyone,
that if I felt that way, I couldnt imagine
what they felt like.
The ice cream arrived, and some
people stayed dancing, and others made
a beeline for the cart, and everybody
was eating and dancing. They looked
like the ages that I presumed they felt,
and they lit up the room like chandeliers.
And I stayed dancing with my grandmother.
Ive realized over time how rare it is to
see people as they see themselves. And
there I was with this 18-year-old woman
who was dancing with someone she
loved, and who loved her back.
Robert Weinstein, 45, is a librarian
from Brooklyn, New York.

oceans. Natural habitats everywhere


are under increasing stress. The world
knows this.
One hundred and ninety-four countries
signed the Paris Agreement to control
greenhouse gases. Our own voluntary
agreement to accomplish the same goal
- the "Under Two M.O.U." - has 165 signatories, representing a billion people.
We cannot fall back and give in to the
climate deniers. The science is clear. The
danger is real.
We can do much on our own and we
can join with others - other states and
provinces and even countries, to stop the
dangerous rise in climate pollution. And
we will.
Fourth is infrastructure. This is a topic
where the President has stated his rm
intention to build and build big.
In his inaugural address, he said: "We
will build new roads, and highways,
and bridges, and airports, and tunnels,
and railways all across our wonderful
nation."
And in this, we can all work together here in Sacramento and in Washington
as well. We have roads and tunnels and
railroads and even a dam that the President could help us with. And that will
create good-paying American jobs.
As we face the hard journey ahead,
we will have to summon, as Abraham
Lincoln said, "the better angels of our
nature." Above all else, we have to live
in the truth.
We all have our opinions but for democracy to work, we have to trust each
other. We have to strive to understand
the facts and state them clearly as we
argue our points of view. As Hugo Grotius, the famous Dutch jurist, said long
ago, "even God cannot cause two times
two not to make four."
When the science is clear or when our
own eyes tell us that the seats in this
chamber are lled or that the sun is shin( Continued on page 8 )

So

( Continued from page 1 )

with four points after watching


early leader GM Pavel Eljanov
of Ukraine lost to Armenian GM
Levon Aronian.

Eljanov skidded to joint second with


Carlsen, who split the point with Russian
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.
It also hiked the Cavite-born So's live
rating to 2819 to stay the third highest
rated woodpusher in the world.
So was playing contemporary Indian
Baskaran Adhiban in the sixth round at
press time and is expected to eye another
victory.

Protests have moved this nation to take to the streets to be heard.


in important ways throughout
Women were heard on Saturday.
history. Sometimes, you just have

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President Trump has signaled that he


would sign the bill if it was passed by
Congress. The Senate will have to pass
it rst.
Rep. Black stressed that pro-life
women would be represented by the bill.
She recalled that it was just a week
ago that the groups of women marched
in the streets of D.C. and other cities
across the country, referring to the
Jan. 21 Womens March on Washington
where pro-life groups were explicitly
denied ofcial partnership in the march
by its organizers.
There were millions of pro-life
women who were explicitly told that
they were unwelcome at this event,
Black said. So today, the peoples
House is giving them and the more than
60 percent of Americans from all political persuasions who oppose taxpayer
funding of abortion, a voice.
As a registered nurse who worked for
decades in health care, Rep. Black said
she opposed abortion and any funding of
the practice with tax money.
During my years in the health care
industry, I saw the joy in young parents
eyes when they met their newborn for
the very rst time, she said. And sadly,
I witnessed a young woman lose her life
due to the effects of a botched abortion.
These experiences inform my view
that all life is a previous gift from God.
I pray that in time, this truth will be
reected in our nations laws. But until
then, cant we at least do this much?
Abortion is not womens health care,
Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) insisted.
What we are vehemently opposed to is
the killing of innocent lives, she said,
adding that there is no place in the
federal budget for abortion funding.
Madame Speaker, someday future
generations of Americans will look
back and wonder how and why such a
seemingly smart and enlightened society
could have permitted over 60 million
children to be exterminated by abortion
often with government enabling and
subsidy, Rep. Smith stated.

We physicists are the only


scientists who can say the
word God and not blush

by Dr. Michio Kaku,


Theoretical Physicists, Big Think

Albert Einstein once said something very profound. He said the


Universe could have been chaotic, random and uglyand yet we
have this gorgeous synthesis at
the origin of the Universe itself,
giving birth to the galaxies, the
planets, DNA, life. Einstein said
that the harmony he sees could
not have been an accident. Were
not necessarily talking about
the design of humans; were not
talking about an intervention that
gave us eyes, noses and ears, but
where did the laws of physics
come from?
As you know, I work in something
called String Theory which makes
the statement that we are reading the
mind of God. Its based on music or
little vibrating strings thus giving us
particles that we see in nature. The laws
of chemistry that we struggled with in
high school would be the melodies that

you can play on these vibrating strings.


The Universe would be a symphony of
these vibrating strings and the mind of
God that Einstein wrote about at length
would be cosmic music resonating
through this nirvana through this 11
dimensional hyperspacethat would
be the mind of God. We physicists are
the only scientists who can say the word
God and not blush.
The fact of the matter is that we are
dealing with the cosmic questions of
existence and meaning. Thomas Huxley,
the great biologist of the last century
said that the question of all questions
for science and religion is to determine
our true place and our true role in the
Universe. For both science and religion
it is the same question.
However, there has essentially been a
divorce in the last century or so between
that of science and the Humanists and
I think that its very sad that we dont
speak the same language anymore.
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Old Bones
Some tourists in the Chicago
Museum of Natural History are
marveling at the dinosaur bones.
One of them asks the guard, "Can
you tell me how old the dinosaur
bones are?"
The guard replies, "They are 3 million,

four years, and six months old."


"That's an awfully exact number," says
the tourist. "How do you know their age
so precisely?"
The guard answers, "Well, the dinosaur
bones were three million years old when
I started working here, and that was four
and a half years ago."

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cans, Depresses Democrats


The surprising outcome of the 2016
presidential election injected both optimism and pessimism into consumers'
expectations about the housing market
in the coming year. Two surveys were
conducted online among over 2,000 U.S.
adults each, one before the Presidential
Election (October 26-28) and one after
the election (November 15-17), by Harris
Poll on behalf of Trulia, key ndings
include:
Following the election, Republicans

An American

( Continued from page 2 )

enterprise.
How long would that take? asked the
Mexican.
Twenty, perhaps twenty-ve years,
replied the American.
And after that?
Afterwards? Thats when it gets really
interesting, answered the American,
laughing. When your business gets really
big, you can start selling stocks and make
millions!
Millions? Really? And after that?
After that youll be able to retire, live
in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late,
play with your children, catch a few sh,
take a siesta, and spend your evenings
drinking and enjoying your friends.
Anecdote
This story reminds me of an anecdote I
often tell my friends whenever a similar
situation occurs. Horacio Borromeo, my
other editor at Sunburst Magazine (aside
from Max Soliven), had told me this
anecdote. Horace was like a father to me.
He used to be a columnist of the Manila
Chronicle. I learned a lot from him on
being a better writer and editor.
According to him, Marcos Roces, a
member of the afuent Roces clan in
Manila, who used to own movie theaters
like Ideal and Avenue, often went to his
rest house in Batangas province in the
Philippines to spend his weekend shing.
One time, while on a boat shing with the
caretaker of his rest house, he said:
Alam mo, Abdon. Na-iinggit ako sa
iyo. Walang complication ang buhay mo,
pa-shing-shing ka lamang. (You know
Abdon, I envy you. Your life has no complications. You just go shing everyday).
Sabi ni Abdon: Eh, senyorito, bakit
hindi na lamang tumigil kayo dito at magshing-shing na lamang? (Abdon said:
Sir, why dont you just stay here and go
shing every day like me?)
Sabi ni Marcos Roces: Naloloko ka na
ba? Papaano ko ma-aafford ang magshing dito kung hindi ako kakayod sa
Maynila? (Are you insane? How can afford to go shing like this if I dont work
hard in Manila?)
Moral of the story: Either life is or is not
fair, depending on how you look at it!

seemed to feel a surge of renewed


positivity toward the housing market
in 2017, saying it will be a better year
to buy a home than in 2016, after the
election, experiencing a 26 percentage
point swing toward optimism compared to before the election.
Democrats turned bearish swinging
from a position of optimism before the
election to pessimism after; Democrats
optimism around buying a home in
2017 fell 23 percentage points.
For the rst time since 2011, fewer

Gov. Brown

( Continued from page 6 )

ing, we must say so, not construct some


alternate universe of non-facts that we
nd more pleasing.
Along with truth, we must practice
civility. Although we have disagreed
- often along party lines - we have
generally been civil to one another and
avoided the rancor of Washington. I
urge you to go even further and look
for new ways to work beyond party and
act as Californians rst.
Democrats are in the majority, but
Republicans represent real Californians
too. We went beyond party when we
reformed workers' compensation, when
we created a rainy day fund and when
we passed the water bond.
Let's do that again and set an example
for the rest of the country. And, in the
process, we will earn the trust of the
people of California.
And then there is perseverance. It is
not an accident that the sailing ship
that brought my great-grandfather to
America was named "Perseverance."
That is exactly what it took to endure
the dangerous and uncertain months at
sea, sailing from Germany to America.
While we now face different challenges, make no mistake: the future is
uncertain and dangers abound. Whether
it's the threat to our budget, or to
undocumented Californians, or to our
efforts to combat climate change - or
even more global threats such as a nancial meltdown or a nuclear incident
or terrorist attack - this is a time which
calls out for courage and for perseverance. I promise you both.
But let's remember as well that after
the perilous voyage, those who made it
to America found boundless opportunity. And so will we.
Let me end in the immortal words of
Woody Guthrie:
"This land is your land, this land is
my land
From California to the New York
Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf
Stream waters
This land was made for you and me...
Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn

Americans viewed homeownership as a


part of their American Dream, dropping
to 72% this year from 75% last year1.
Millennials, aged 18-34, saw the biggest
drop, to 72% from 80% over that same
time period. However, 83% of these
young Americans still plan on buying a
home, but most (72%) won't do so until
at least the end of 2018.
Additionally, as mortgage rates have
risen to nearly 4% since the election,
renters who wish to buy generally are
not concerned about rates stiing their
ability to buy a home (18%). Instead,
saving for a down payment (59%),
having poor credit (38%), and rising
home prices (35%) appear to be bigger
challenges for home buyers. Moreover,
though home inventory is gradually
trending upwards in supply-constrained
markets, equal or greater growth in
demand could push home prices up.
Sunshine State Dominates Among
Housing Markets to Watch in 2017
Looking at the 100 largest U.S. metros,
Trulia identied 10 real estate markets
that are poised for growth based on
strong job growth over the past year, low
vacancy rates, high affordability, online
home searches on Trulia, and a large
share of Republican households given
their optimism for housing in 2017.
Based on these key metrics, Florida offers market conditions poised for growth
in metro areas across the state, with
Jacksonville, Fla., Cape Coral-Fort My( Continued on page 11 )

back
This land was made for you and me."
California is not turning back. Not now,
not ever.

NAIA

( Continued from page 1 )

our airport police, said Michael


Baloso of Terminal 1s Arrival
Management Operations.

Baloso said his ofce was able to draw


up the lists based on complaints reaching
MIAA, whose taxi bay personnel issue
dispatch slips to passengers before they
get into a cab.
The slip contains the name of the taxi
company, driver and cabs plate number,
the time and date the cab was hired, and
the passengers destination.
It provides hotline numbers where
passengers can report any abuse, like
8771111 (for MIAA) or 0917-8396242
(Naia).
Drivers committing grave violations are reported directly to the Land
Transportation Ofce. Taxis that were
included in the list are banned at Naia
either for two months or permanently,
depending on the complaint, Baloso
added.Jeannette I. Andrade

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Plans and specifications can be obtained by contacting Paula Roberts at: paula@humanability.biz or 619794-6406. A pre-bid meeting and/or pre-bid visit to the work site will be held, if indicated, at the time and
place specified in the contract documents. Prospective bidders are encouraged to attend these sessions.

It is the policy of Filanc Construction to encourage equal opportunity in its construction, consultant,
material and supply contracts. Bids/proposals from small businesses, minority-owned, disabled, veteranowned businesses, women-owned businesses and local firms are strongly encouraged. Contractors are
encouraged to subcontract and/or participate in joint ventures with these firms. Filanc Construction is
committed to equal opportunity and will not discriminate with regard to race, religion, color, ancestry, age,
gender, disability, medical condition or place of birth and will not do business with any firm that
discriminates on any basis.

It is the policy of Filanc Construction to encourage equal opportunity in its construction, consultant,
material and supply contracts. Bids/proposals from small businesses, minority-owned, disabled, veteranowned businesses, women-owned businesses and local firms are strongly encouraged. Contractors are
encouraged to subcontract and/or participate in joint ventures with these firms. Filanc Construction is
committed to equal opportunity and will not discriminate with regard to race, religion, color, ancestry, age,
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Lifestyle

The Talent I wish for


By Zena Sultana Babao

Its so gratifying to read all kinds


of stories, whether they are long,
short, or in-between. You get
to peek into others lives without guilt, take a part in their joy,
commiserate in their sorrow, and
share with their adventures in this
journey called life.
I love reading stories and I fervently
wish I could write them. I can do feature
articles and essays for magazines and
weekly publications, and even straight
news for dailies. Unfortunately I cant
write stories short or otherwise no
matter how much I want to. I probably
just dont have the talent for it, but I wish
I could.
I greatly admire, with a dash of envy,
my peers who could. Here in Asian Journal, our Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Sim Silverio is a superb and peerless
writer of fact and ction. So is Rudy
Liporada , a columnist like me. Both of
these gentlemen are book authors and immensely blessed with the talent I wish for.
I would love to do what they do. I just
dont know how. I think my brain is
wired differently so even if I have a story
to tell, I just couldnt put pen to paper.
Or to be precise, touch the right keys and
voila, a beautiful story would emerge! Is
there a secret to it? Books I could read
and seminars I could go to that teach the
art of story writing?
To compensate for my inadequacy,
I spend time reading stories in books,
magazines, newspapers, and the internet. I especially love the stories in the
Readers Digest. The July-August 2016
edition named The Best of America Is-

sue contains an RD Special - the Best


Stories in America. RD presented the
Special with these words:
Everyone has a story, and those stories have always been the beating heart
of Readers Digest and of real life. By
turns wise, funny, and inspired, these
12 stories were told before exuberant
audiences at events held by the Moth,
the most celebrated live storytelling
group in the country, and chosen by
our editors. They show that for all our
differences, together our experiences
merge in the telling into the single narrative of America.
Heres one for your reading pleasure:
***

Dancing with Grandma


By Robert Weinstein
In 1998, I went to visit my grandma
Rose in an old folks home. At the
time, she was 90, and I was 28, and I
was about to go off for two years of
grad school. This was the last time I
ever saw her.
Shed been living there for about 15
years, and Id been there to see her a
lot. But it was becoming a bit sadder,
partly because the place was full of
people who were grasping at the last
stages of lucidity. Even worse and
I know it might sound like a horrible
thing to say, and I felt bad for thinking
it it was taking her longer and longer
to recognize me. I didnt know how to
handle that.
When I saw her on this day, she
was really excited because they had a
sundae bar/Perry Como music hour in
the common room. Im not a big fan of
Perry Como, and Im not a big fan of
ice cream, but I was really a big fan of

Grandma Rose, so I said, Lets go!


I didnt feel any less discomfort when
we got there. The Perry Como was
coming from a boom box at one end of
the room. There was a great big chasm,
and on the other end, all these people
were seated and just staring at the boom
box.
My grandmother and I rolled over, and
she introduced me to everyone, saying,
This is my grandson, and hes going
to Paris. They responded, How nice
to meet you and How handsome you
are and Thats very nice. Then, when
everything was said and done, we just
kind of settled, and I became one of
them. We just stared at the boom box.
Then a woman in a wheelchair sitting
next to me asked if I ever heard of Perry
Como. I told her I had, and she told me
how much she loved him. Then she told
me this story about the war she didnt
say which war when her husband and
all the other men in her town were off
ghting. They missed the men, but what
they really missed was dancing. They
missed it so much that they would rent
out a gymnasium and play songs. Her
favorite was Perry Como.
She went off into her head for a little
while, and she looked like she was really
enjoying herself. Finally, she said, I
really miss dancing.
I was feeling uncomfortable and didnt
know what else to say, so I asked, Do
you want to dance? And she said,
Yes.
So I wheeled her into the Grand
Canyon that was separating the people
from the boom box, and I lifted her arm
up and twisted under it, and I twirled her
wheelchair around, and we laughed a
lot. When it was over, I thanked her and
wheeled her back.
Then I noticed a lot of little old ladies
smiling at me. So I asked another one
to dance, and she asked someone else to
dance, and we danced again, and then
we split off. And pretty soon, we had
snowballed into this great big geriatric
cotillion.
While I was dancing, I remembered
my grandmothers 75th birthday. We
were at a restaurant called the Pickle
Barrel, and we were eating pickles out
of a small barrel on the table. I asked
her what it was like to be 75 years old.
Without even thinking, she said, It feels
like it always does. My mind still feels
very young, 18, but my body just wont
do the things I want it to do anymore.
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Spiritual Life

Half My Life:
The Testimony of a Father and his Special Needs Child
by Joseph Lim

22nd Installment

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blessed Tears of Virgin Mary


Joke of the week: Vince, a devout
Baptist, loved to sneak away to the
racetrack. One day, he was there betting
on the ponies and nearly losing his shirt,
when he noticed a priest step out onto
the track and bless the forehead of one
of the horses lining up for the 4th race.
Lo and behold, this horse - a very long
shot - won the race. Vince was very
anxious to see what the priest did in the
next race. Sure enough, he watched the
priest step out onto the track as the 5th
race horses lined up, and place a blessing on the forehead of one of the horses.
Vince made a beeline for the window
and placed a small bet on the horse.
Again, even though another long shot,
the horse the priest had blessed won the
race. Vince collected his winning and
again anxiously waited to see which
horse the priest bestowed his blessing
on for the 6th race. The priest showed,
blessed a horse, Vince bet on it, and
it won! Vince was elated. As the day
went on, the priest continued blessing
one of the horses, and it always came
in rst. Vince began to pull in some
serious money, and by the last race, he
knew his wildest dreams were going to
come true. He made a quick stop at the
ATM, withdrew big money and awaited
the priests blessing that would tell
him which horse to bet on. True to his
pattern, the priest stepped out onto the
track before the last race and blessed the
forehead, eyes, ears and hooves of one
of the horses. Vince bet every cent, and
watched the horse come in dead last. He
was dumbfounded.
He made his way to the track and when
he found the priest, he demanded, What
happened, Father? All day you blessed
horses and they won. The last race, you
blessed a horse and he lost. Now, thanks
to you, Ive lost all my savings!
Nodding wisely, the priest replied,
That's the problem with you Protestants... you cant tell the difference
between a simple blessing and the Last
Rites.
Scripture: First Reading: Zephaniah 2:
33: 12-13. At the height of its military
strength in 663 BC, the Assyrian power
conquered the Israelites. During this
trying time, while the powers-that-be in
Judah and Jerusalem: the priestly and
royal authorities try to hold everything
together, the prophet meanwhile tells the
people to seek humility to gain Gods
protection. Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31. Some in the Corinthian
church claim superiority because of their
stature and wisdom. St. Paul reminds
everyone that no human being should
boast before God. Gospel: Matthew

5: 1-12. The material want in the rst


reading has been transformed by the
evangelist in the Gospel to mean spiritual wisdom. Hunger for bread and thirst
for drink has been elevated to the level
of righteousness.
Reections: In Europe, noticeably in
Italy, the connection between tears and
compassion is noted in the cult of the
Blessed Virgin Mary within the religious
background of crying. Marys tears
inspired musical composers, painters
and sculptors. For instance, Pergolesi
composed the Stabat Mater, one of
the worlds best music; Titian painted
Marys tears like pearls on her cheeks
in Mater Dolorosa; Michelangelos
Piet shows Mary without tears, but
her entire countenance is so poignant.
Marys crying sends us a powerful and
lasting message - compassion for her
son and for all of us. (cf. in this valley
of tears in hac lacrimrum valle from
Salve Regina.)
St. Teresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, known
as the 'Little Flower of Jesus wrote a
number of poems. One is titled, Why I
Love Thee Mary, the last poem of Sister
Teresa, May 1897. In it she muses about
the life of Mary from Annunciation up
to the Crucixion. St. Teresa reects
deeply on the lowliness of Mary:
And so I now can comprehend, immaculate white maiden! Why thou wast
dearer unto God than heaven itself could
be; And how thy humble, human frame,
with mortal weakness laden, Could yet
contain the Eternal Word, Loves vast
unbounded Sea. I love thee when I hear
thee call thyself the handmaid only Of
God, Whom thou didst win to earth by
thy humility; All-powerful it made thee
then, above all women, lonely, And
drew, into thy bosom chaste, the Blessed
Trinity, The Holy Spirit, Love Divine,
oershadowed thee, O Mother! And God
the Fathers only Son incarnate was in
thee.
St. Therese of Lisieux writes in her
poem honoring Mary, For when I see
thee suffering, concealed thy marvelous glory, (p. 54). Jesus reveals her
mothers glorious crown of blessedness
that was kept hidden in her suffering.
From the very beginning of her motherhood, she had been subjected already to
suffering, shame, the possibility of being
ridiculed publicly and put to death by
stoning When Mary was betrothed to
Joseph, and before they lived together,
she was found with child through the
Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since
he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to
( Continued on page 6 )

The souls that say this chaplet will be embraced by My mercy during their lifetime and
especially at the hour of their death (754). -- Words of Jesus in the Diary of St. Faustina

CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY


Using the rosary beads, recite one Our Father, one
Hail Mary, and one I Believe in God.
On the Our Father beads say this prayer, which
was given by Our Lord to St. Faustina (1905-1938).
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul
and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord
Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of
the whole world.
On the Hail Mary beads say:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy
on us and on the whole world.
In conclusion say three times:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Moving Forward
When things like this happen,
its natural to look back and try
to gure out what the purpose of
it was. I cant say for certain, of
course. Im not the one who is
ultimately in charge.
What I can tell, however, is that
because of Jordans dietary limitations, his fruit and vegetable
intake has increased signicantly,
and his consumption of processed food has reduced tremendously. Hes taking in more of
the good carbohydrates (fruits
and vegetables) and much less of
the bad ones (rice, breaded foods,
etc.). He readily eats the fruits
we give him now, whereas before
he would take forever to nish a
serving. Furthermore, he seems
to be okay with spinach and other
leafy greens. We did not know
that previously. Also, we weigh
his food and measure his carbs
as accurately as possible for his
meals and snacks. In short, Jordan is eating way healthier than
ever before.
What Im about to say here is only
speculation, but because of this positive
dramatic change in diet, its quite possible Jordan will live much longer now
than he would have without the diabetes.
Imagine that, who knew. Looking
forward, were hoping and praying that
someday soon there will be a biological
cure for Jordans conditions. That is,
for the diabetes, of course, but also for
the autism. After all, if it wasnt for the
autism, most likely Jordan would have

The site is on Encinitas Blvd., east of I-5, about a mile and a half from
Moonlight Beach and two miles south of the Paramhansa Yogananda
Self-Realization Center. If you would like to know more about the project,
please contact Zarina Cruz at zaricruz@att.net or check for updates on
www.divinemercyhills.org, the official website of the Divine Mercy Hills
Foundation of Southern California (DMHFSC).

Jesus I Trust In You!

Graduation Speech
Exactly one year to the day after Jordan
was diagnosed with diabetes, it was
his graduation day from elementary
schoolquite the coincidence.
At rst, my wife was going to leave
Jordan at home that day, expressing
that this particular date brought back
terrible memories. That may be true on
the surface, but I saw it differently, and

eventually my wife did too. I saw this as


an opportunity to change the memories
of this date to a positive one.
From the brink of death to a new journey in his life in just one years time, I
consider this a day of victory for Jordan.
Maybe thats being a bit overemotional,
but its true. Jordan could have died last
year; hyperglycemia is no joke. But he
bounced back like the champ that he is.
Soon enough, he gained back the
weight he lost, and he regained his
strength and more. If that isnt victory,
then I dont know what is.
The day before Jordans graduation, as
I was driving home from work ghting
trafc, some words came into my mind.
They literally just came to me. I had to
quickly open up the glove compartment,
grab a pen, and nd something to write
on. I know it wasnt very wise to be
writing while driving on the freeway, but
I was afraid I might forget everything.
Then after about twenty minutes or so,
Jordans graduation speech was done,
and it actually rhymed too.

Graduation Speech
by Jordan Lim
(June 3, 2015)
Here I stand In front of you this
day As a living and breathing
symbol Of Gods unending grace.
Life has not been easy. Its a
challenge every day. But I wont
ever give up Not now, not ever,
no way.
I became sick last year With
something I still have right now.
But to this illness and all its trials
I will never bow.
I was in a hospital bed Just one
year ago today. But I thank the
Lord Almighty I wasnt there to
stay.
I fought my way back Gaining
height and strength and weight.

7 Pro-life quotes from people you wouldnt expect

Aleteia.com

You'll nd atheists, agnostics,


and people of all religions who
recognize the sanctity of life
As we draw closer to the 44th
annual March for Life in Washington DC, it is important to
remember that the pro-life movement is not something reserved
to the Catholic Church, but is
a universal cause based on the
inalienable right to life that we
all have. It doesnt matter if a
person is Catholic, Christian,
Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, atheist
or agnostic; men and women of
every religion, race and political
party are invited to defend the
rights of all people from conception to natural death.
This is why the March for Life
often has atheists, humanists
and other secular pro-life groups
march side-by-side with Catholic
churches and schools. We are all
in this together.
To help highlight this reality, here are
seven quotes from people you may not
expect to be pro-life and who have been
outspoken about the right to life.
For me, the number one issue is right

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been able to tell us how hes feeling


before the hyperglycemia symptoms got
so bad. Plus, the autism makes it much
more difcult to deal with the diabetes
this is essentially a double whammy.
His special needs are now more than
just developmental and behavioral; they
are also physicaltalk about challenging. We dont want to prick his poor
ngers ten times a day to check blood
sugar level, just during the three main
meals and at bedtime. Plus, occasionally
during heavy activity if necessary. We
try to minimize the nger pricks to make
things easier on Jordan. After all, hes
already going through enough.
The problem is he doesnt directly tell
us how he feels. As such, we need to
read him externally and interpret his actions and facial expressions ourselves to
determine (or guess) if his blood sugar
level is outside of normal range. And if
so, then is it too high or too low?
Most diabetics are able to sort of feel
this for themselves (even without the
nger prick) and act accordinglybut
not Jordan. We have to gure this out for
him. As far as the diabetes is concerned,
there have already been dramatic
medical breakthroughs. Weve explored
the possibility of an insulin pump for
Jordan. Weve heard of apps that would
detect when blood sugar is out of normal
range.
There are even dogs that have been
trained for the purpose of accompanying a person with diabetes, similar to a
seeing-eye dog for the blind. Will any of
these things be in Jordans future? We
dont know yet; were still doing the research. For now, well take one step at a
time. Were just happy Jordan is with us.

The truth is I didnt begin my day or


even my drive home planning to write
up a graduation speech for Jordan. I
didnt plan for him to deliver a prepared
speech nor did I know if hed even want
to. How would this go? Would Jordan
read it smoothly, or would he be acting
anxious the whole time as if he was being forced? Furthermore, I didnt think
the organizers of the graduation ceremony would modify the schedule to make
room for a speech by Jordan. So we
didnt even try to include it. Instead, my
wife just showed it to some faculty and
staff at school. They loved it. Jordans
teacher wanted to keep it with her as part
of Jordans personal le and memory
book. Thats ne with me. I didnt write
this in order to get an award or applause.
I did it for my son. At home, Jordan read
this letter to an audience after all. It was
to me and the family. Ultimately, that
was probably the best scenario of all.
The people who were with him one year
earlier when he was at deaths door were
also the same people who witnessed his
victory with this simple yet powerful
speech. All I want to say is To God be
the glory. And great job, son! You made
Daddy proud as always.
(To be continued)
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Part 3: With
a Despairing
Soul

to life. -- Ben Stein, lawyer, political


speech writer and actor

I do, as a humanist, believe that the


concept unborn child is a real one and
I think the concept is underlined by all
the recent ndings of embryology about
the early viability of a well conceived
human baby I feel the responsibility
to consider the occupant of the womb
as a candidate member of society in the
future, and thus to say that it cannot be
only the responsibility of the woman to
decide upon it, that its a social question
and an ethical and a moral one. And I
say this as someone who has no supernatural belief. Christopher Hitchens,
anti-theist, author, journalist, friend of
famous atheist Richard Dawkins

Meditation:

Jesus: My child, all your sins


have not wounded My Heart
as painfully as your present
lack of trust does that after
so many efforts of My love and
mercy, you should still doubt
My goodness.

I nd it impossible to subscribe to a
philosophy that believes that the destruction of human life is a legitimate solution to a problem that is mostly social,
economic and psychological. In reality,
most women choose abortion because
they believe they have no other choice.
Patricia Heaton, Emmy Award winning actress

Im very contra my constituency in terms of abortion


because Im positively against
it. I dont have the right to any
other view. Jack Nicholson,
Academy Award winning actor

Im very contra my constituency in


terms of abortion because Im positively
against it. I dont have the right to any
other view. Jack Nicholson, Academy
Award winning actor

I was once pro-choice. And the thing


that changed my mind was, I read my
husbands biology books, medical books
and what I learned is simply what it
states this isnt even morally this is
pure biology. At the moment of conception, a life starts. And this life has its
own unique set of DNA, which contains
a blueprint for the whole genetic being.
The sex is determined. Now people ask

Im considered a liberal except for


that unaccountable heresy of recent
years that has to do with pro-life matters. Nat Hentoff, jazz critic, atheist
and author

And now Im here with all of you


Ready to graduate.
Thanks to all the teachers and
staff Of all the schools Ive been
to. You tried your best to understand Some of the things I go
through.
Ill miss my friends at elementary. The fun we had was great.
Ill never forget my experience
here Even when Im president of
the United States.
Thank you, everybody.

( Continued on page 12 )

Soul: Your response.


Jesus: Here, soul, are all the
treasures of My Heart. Take
everything you need from it
(Diary, 1486).
Soul: Your response.
My Prayer Response:
Lord Jesus, draw souls in despair to
trust in You and not to doubt Your goodness. Share with them all the treasures of
Your Heart.
*Diary passages with bolded words are
Jesus speaking. Diary of St. Maria Faustina
Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul 1987
Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. Excerpted from Divine
Mercy Minutes with Jesus: Praying Daily on
Jesus Words from the Diary of St. Faustina
by Rev. George W. Kosicki, CSB 2010

Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute of God. All the works of My hand are crowned with mercy.
-- Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska, Divine Mercy in My Soul (Diary #301)

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which they are to keep coming in prayer for graces to the fountain of mercy - the Image of the Divine Mercy. For meditational and contemplative prayers
venerating this image with trust in our Lord Jesus Christ who said, "I promise that the soul that will venerate this Image will not perish. I also promise
victory over its enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I myself will defend it as My own glory... By means of this image I shall
grant many graces to souls." Through this shrine we shall proclaim to the whole world God's unfathomable Mercy.

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Arts & Culture

Pokemon Go unleashed on game-mad South Korea six months late


GMA NEWS | SEOUL, South
Korea - Nintendo Co's smash
hit Pokemon Go was unleashed
on South Korea on Tuesday,
six months after it was released
elsewhere in the world, a delay
caused by security fears over
Google Maps.
The popularity of augmentedreality Pokemon Go around the
world has generated crowds of
people in parks and other public
places as users search for monsters to train, but with tempera-

tures well below freezing, there


was no sudden, noticeable buzz
on the streets of Seoul.
"We have waited very long and worked
very hard to launch Pokemon Go in
South Korea," said Lim Jae Boem, chief
executive of Pokemon Korea.
The game was jointly developed by
Nintendo and Niantic Inc.
Pokemon Go relies on Google Maps
to work. But in most of South Korea
those functions have been limited by the
government, which is technically still
at war with North Korea, for national
security reasons.
Neither Niantic nor Pokemon Korea
specied how they managed to work

around the Google Maps challenge.


"We used various publicly accessible
data sources," said
Dennis Hwang, art director of Niantic
Inc.
There was a slight hitch in the morning
when the game was unavailable for
download, but that was soon cleared up.
One group of people had their eyes
xed to their smartphones near Seoul's
central Gwanghwamun Square where
Pokemons are said to appear often.
"It was sad that it came to Korea a bit
late but I'm glad that I can play the fun
game translated into Korean," said Kim
Ga-on, 10, who was playing separately
with his mother and sister.

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Email: reservations@lunetahotelmanila.com

Address: 414 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila, Philippines

"It's good exercise and it's fun to catch


Pokemons."
South Korea is the world's fourthbiggest gaming market after China,
the United States and Japan, according to Amsterdam-based research rm
Newzoo.
In July, some impatient Pokemon fans
rushed to Sokcho, a city close to the
border with North Korea - an area where
the game can be played as it has not
been classied as South Korean territory
in Google Maps data.
Nintendo's stock closed down 1 percent
on Tuesday. Hysonic Co Ltd, the company in charge of the game release, rose
30 percent. GMA News

Trulia

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ers, Fla., and Deltona-Daytona Beach,


Fla., taking the top three spots.
The top 10 housing markets to watch in
2017 are:
1. Jacksonville, FL
2. Cape Coral Fort Myers, FL
3. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond
Beach, FL
4. Grand Rapids, MI
5. Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL
6. Colorado Springs, CO
7. Charleston, SC
8. San Antonio, TX
9. Phoenix, AZ
10. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton,
FL

Bishop

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Tapos kung magsalita itong mga


unggoy na ito, 't ina," said
Duterte.
Commenting on Duterte's
accusation, Bacani said: I do
not have even one wife. I hope
anyone who says I have two will
produce even one. Poor guys
who can only use lies versus
truth.
Earlier, in his speech at the World
Apostolic Congress on Mercy, Bacani
criticized the rising death toll in the
Duterte administration's war on drugs,
calling the Philippine National Police
a "bringer of death." Erwin Colcol/
LBG, GMA News

Ang Babae (2)


Kakaibang tatag sa babae'y ipinaubaya
para sa pagkakataong kabiyak ay nadadapa
sa ibang kandungan o mga bisyong nakakahiya
ang siya ay maibangon sa isang bagong simula.
Minarapat niyang ang babae'y maging marunong
may angking talino sa ano pa mang pagkakataon
lutasin ang mga problemang sa kanya'y sasalubong
sa lahat ng oras at saan man siya naroroon.
Nais rin niyang babae ay maging maunawain
sa kabila ng kahinaan na kanyang haharapin
ang bukol ni Jimbo aba'y kaya niyang mapagaling
pati nang puso ni Neneng kaya rin niyang lutasin.
Minabuti niyang pagkalooban siya ng luha
na kanyang karamay sa sandali ng pangungulila
pampalakas-loob sa takot na ayaw pahalata
luha ng pagpapasalamat sa lahat ng biyaya.
Wala sa magagarang damit ang kanyang kagandahan
sa ayos ng buhok o magandang hubog ng katawan
kung hindi sa kanyang mga mata na siyang pintuan
ng kanyang puso na siyang sisidlan ng pagmamahal.

7 reasons

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vants, businesses to inspire and motivate


Filipinos about why this is the greatest
time in history to be in the Philippines.
The international speaker has traveled
to nearly 40 countries and has lived in

6 of them, but says the Filipinos he met


stood out. The encounters convinced
him to visit the Philippines, and he
ended up living in the country.
Grogan continues to talk positivity to
Filipinos.
For comments, suggestions and reactions, contact Mike @mikegrogan.ph.

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Probiotics and gastroinstestional issues


The best case for probiotic therapy
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by Rudy Liporada
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Lapu-Lapu should be the


National Hero
In one of my earlier articles, I
have said that Zambians have a
different concept of Gat LapuLapu. My Zambian students in
Africa told me that what they
have learned from school is that
Lapu-Lapu is a barbarian who
killed the famous Ferdinand
Magellan because the Mactan
savage warriors wife fell in love
with Magellan and he was jealous.
They could not believe that Filipinos
consider him a hero!
In fact, in my last visit to Mactan,
Cebu, contemplating by his statue at a
shrine built overlooking where he must
have slain Magellan; I was thinking that
he actually should be the Philippine National Hero. This should end the debate
on whether Jose Rizal or Gat Andres
Bonifacio should be the national hero.
With due respects to Jose Rizal and
Andres Bonifacio, these are my reasons:
First Jose Rizal is a Made in America
hero shoved into the throats of the Filipinos. In my earlier articles, I wrote that
the Americans chose Rizal to be the Filipinos monumental hero because he was
not for a bloody revolution. When he
was writing against the Spanish regime,
although he was exposing the exploitation of the Filipinos by the Spaniards,
he was merely advocating equality with
the Spaniards whereupon, the Filipinos
could also be part of the Spanish Cortez
which draws the policy on how to rule
the Islands. Being on the upper echelon
among Filipinos, if his advocacy was
pushed, he would be among those who
could be elected to be in the Spanish
Cortez. Thus, he was just riding on the

exploitation of the Filipinos to advance


his own opportunistic interest. He would
have been just part of the status quo, not
change the exploited conditions of the
majority of the Filipinos.
This is why the American colonialists,
after subjugating the Filipinos in the
early 1900s, voted for Rizal to be the national hero. They wanted the Filipinos to
go for peaceful reforms like Jose Rizal.
So, if one observes Rizals monument of
the Luneta Park, there he is just standing
peacefully with books in hand with no
violence in his demeanor.
The colonialists voted against Andres
Bonifacio because he advocated violent
revolt. He could not be the National
Hero because the Filipinos should not be
inspired to revolt against the colonialists. However, for Bonifacio to raise the
ag of the rebellion, he had to undergo
a learning curve and was pushed by
circumstances. Once the La Liga Filipina, an organization founded by Jose
Rizal with Bonifacio as member, was
considered seditious by the Spaniards,
it was only then that Bonifacio was
convinced that only armed revolution
was the answer for Filipinos to achieve
freedom. However, he still sought the
advice of Jose Rizal who was against an
armed uprising, considering it ridicu-

Pechanga Celebrates Year of the Rooster with a


$100,000 drawing, round trip tickets to Asia, plus
Asian dining specials and traditional casino decor
TEMECULA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2017)
-- In celebration of the Lunar New Year,
Pechanga Resort & Casino introduces
the exciting Lunar New Year $100,000
Lucky Drawing. Pechanga Club members will receive an entry for every point
earned during the promotional period
from Saturday, January
28 at 8 a.m. (Lunar New
Year) to 5pm on Sunday,
February 19. Drawings are
held on three consecutive
Sundays, February 5, 12
and 19.
Winners will be announced at 6pm the same
evening. Each week, 10
lucky players will win 2
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In addition, Pechanga resort & Casino
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For more information on Pechanga
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Lucky Lion Dance Performance
Pechanga Resort & Casino will celebrate Lunar New Year with the Lucky
Lion Dance performance at 6 p.m. on
January 28, (Lunar New Years Day).
The Lucky Lion, which represent
blessings and good luck, awakens
and begins its opening sequence from
the north entrance (adjacent to North

Parking Structure) and works his way


throughout the casino oor. Pechanga
Resort & Casino executives will follow the lion dancers and give out red
envelopes to guests to feed the lions that
traditionally represent good luck, and
wishing great luck to come in the New

lous. Bonifacio did not recognize at the


outset that Rizal was a reform opportunist. Although Bonifacio also organized
the Katipunan, he was only pushed to an
early uprising because of the inadvertent
discovery of the armed revolution by the
Spaniards.
Compared to both Rizal and Bonifacio,
Lapu-Lapu had no qualms ghting the
Spaniards who were trampling on the
Islands sacred shores. He had no opportunistic interests to be friendly with

Magellan. He did not have to have a


learning curve to see that the Spaniards
were out to conquer his Island. The
Spaniards were invaders PERIOD They
have to be fought against and, despite
their less superior Kris and spears
against the Spaniards sabers, lances,
and cannons, Lapu-Lapu and his native
warriors met and defeated Magellans
men at the beach before the Spaniards
could further set foot inland.
It would seem that my Zambian students had the mental set that Lapu-Lapu
was just a jealous barbarian because that
its how the superstructure, molded by
colonialists all over the world, wants to
paint anyone who resisted and resists
subjugation. Even the Philippine educational system, initially designed and still
persisting, by the American colonialists,
although recognizing the Mactan battle
event, considers Lapu-Lapu a mere
footnote among the Philippine gallery
of heroes.
His statue at Mactan, Cebu, shows
Lapu-Lapu merely standing and holding

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Divine Mercy Shrine Encinitas
2017
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Year.
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traditional clay pot ($22)
Bamboo serves two traditional Viet-

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*Tm Hm Rang Me - Stir-fried Maine
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his Kris and shield in a peaceful posed


fashion. There is no erceness in his
demeanor. The paints on the statue are
warped and disintegrating. The upkeep
of the shrine is not worthy of a supposed
veneration of who should be the national
hero. I also remember that, at one time,
Lapu-Lapu was honored or should I say
insulted to have graced the face of a one
centavo coin (now demonetized). What
a tribute to a violent freedom ghter
against invaders.
This, so the Filipinos would not have
an idol, an inspiration, a model, an icon
of someone who would not have any
qualms in raising arms against foreign
invaders.
The concept of my Zambian students
on Lapu-Lapu and how most Filipinos
perceive him as a footnote hero, as
how those who dominate the status quo
would want it, is holding so far to keep
the Filipinos at bay.
I would like to believe that the Filipinos would soon realize what Lapu-Lapu
really stood for.

MAY 13, 2014

Christ mercy
the Kingprayer
2014 warriors juliet
what you will see: the 20-footSolemnity
cross of
divine
on the hill top. (the stations of the
brandell and ronald sarte are
cross and the grotto of our lady of
among the many volunteers who
the rosary are also on the site but come to pray at the site every month.
not visible from the street.)
Join us on the 13th of each Month at
2:00 pm to pray the Rosary, the Chaplet
of Divine Mercy and the Way of the
Crossat the Divine Mercy Shrine
grounds (vacant land with 20-ft Cross
across from San Dieguito Unified H.S.
School District) in Encinitas CA.
When: 13th of the Month
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: 701 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas
Ca 92024 (not an actual address; for
driving directions only) or Google
divine mercy shrine encinitas

front of the San Dieguito Unified H.S.


District (between Westlake St and
Delphinium St).
Remember:
1. Park on street and walk up to the
site.
2. No restroom facilities on site.
3. Dress for the outdoors (jackets,
hats, comfortable walking shoes for
uphill trek)
We hope you can join us every month.
Thank you and God bless! - DMHFSC*
JESUS, I trust in you!

Take I-5. Exit Encinitas Blvd. Go east


about 1.4 miles. Site is on vacant land
with cross on hill along Encinitas Blvd in

Zarina (619) 890-2789


Rowena (619) 962-8185
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* The DIVINE MERCY HILLS FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (DMHFSC) is dedicated to the design,
development and maintenance of a DIVINE MERCY SHRINE for the purpose of spreading to an aching world the Divine
Mercy message and devotion. This shrine will draw people of all nations, cultures and beliefs to a vessel with which they are to
keep coming in prayer for graces to the fountain of mercy the image of Divine Mercy. The Foundation is a 501(c)3
non-profit organization. Visit the Divine Mercy Hills Foundation of Southern California website at

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US House votes
to permanently
ban federal
abortion funding
By Matt Hadro, EWTN News

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its rst major


pro-life bill of the new year on
Tuesday, one which would solidify in law the current policy of
no federal funding of abortions.
The bill would protect Americans
conscience rights by ensuring that their
hard-earned tax dollars are not used to
fund the destruction of innocent life,
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said on the
House Floor before the vote.
Federal funding for abortion is largely
prohibited under the 40-year-old Hyde
Amendment, named after its original
sponsor Rep. Henry Hyde. However,
that amendment has to be passed by
Congress every year as a rider to
appropriations bills, clarifying that the
taxpayer dollars cannot abortions.
The amendment enjoyed decades of
bipartisan support. The most recent
Democratic National Committee platform, however, called for its repeal.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion
Act, passed Tuesday by a 238-183 vote
and sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (RN.J.), would solidify this policy in law,
so that it does not need to be annually
reapproved by Congress.
It would expand on current protections
against taxpayer funding of abortion to
other areas, such as federal employee
health plans. It would also extend to the
Affordable Care Act, ensuring that no
federal subsidies fund abortion coverage
in plans offered on the exchanges.
A 2014 report by the Government
Accountability Ofce found loopholes
where insurers were not following the
protocol to make sure abortions were
billed and itemized separately from
other health coverage paid for by federal
subsidies, leaving open the possibility
that federal dollars were funding abortions.
More than 20 peer-reviewed studies
show that more than two million people
are alive today because of Hyde, Rep.
Smith stated on Tuesday.
He said there is a megatrend showing
that the American public not only does
not support taxpayer funding for abortion but the public increasingly supports
actions to protect unborn children and
women from the violence of abortion.
According to a Marist poll released
earlier this week and commissioned by
the Knights of Columbus, 61 percent of
respondents opposed the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions. That included
53 percent of Millennials and even 41
percent of Democrats.
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January 26 - February 2, 2017

Entertainment

Tom Rodriguez creates more memories with his


family after role as Alzheimers disease patient
As he nished taping for the
top-rated Kapuso drama Someone to Watch Over Me, Tom
Rodriguez took a well-deserved
vacation to be with his family in
the US.
Tom was obviously happy to
spend the holidays with his family especially with his dad who is
getting better from stage 4 lung
cancer. He even posted videos of
his dad playing with their horses
on his Instagram account (@
akosimangtomas).

memories gradually deteriorated, in his


last soap.
In the meantime, Toms supporters
in the US will get a chance to see him
perform live in GMA Pinoy TVs Sikat
Ka, Kapuso! concert. The event is set
to happen this Sunday on January 22
at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach,

California. Joining Tom are his Someone


to Watch Over Me co-star Lovi Poe, as
well as Jennylyn Mercado, Alden Richards, Dennis Trillo, and Betong Sumaya.
For ticket inquiries on the Sikat Ka,
Kapuso! concert, please visit www.
ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000.
For more information, dial (424) 3824804. (30)

Gloria Diaz, Margie Moran, and


Pia Wurtzbach together for the
rst time

The break is a welcome respite after


taking on the challenging role of TJ
Chavez, an affectionate husband diagnosed with Alzheimers disease whose

US Kapuso
supporters to
feel the love
from the
Ultimate Star

The followers of Ultimate Star


Jennylyn Mercado are very much
excited for GMAs forthcoming
adaptation of hit Korean series
My Love from the Star as she
portrays the role of Stef Cheon.
According to Jennylyns latest Twitter
update, they have already started taping
for the show co-starring the newest Kapuso Gil Cuerva who will play
the character of Matteo Do. My Love
From The Star is a story about an alien
stranded on earth and falls in love with a
popular actress.
The My Love from the Star tandem
recently joined their rst regional festival as they visited Cebu for the Sinulog
Festival last weekend.
Meanwhile, this January 22, the
Ultimate Star will share the love with

GMA News | MANILA,


1/20/2017 -- It's a moment
pageant fans have been waiting
for since Pia Wurtzbach ended
the country's 42-year drought in
Miss Universe and on Saturday,
it nally happened.
The three Filipina Misses
Universe took the stage together
at Okada Manila and Wurtzbach
said she was absolutely nervous.
"Para sa akin, silang dalawa pa
rin ang pinaka-iconic," Wurtzbach told the press.

Asked how she feels about


joining them as veritable pageant
royalty, she simply said, "I hope I
did them proud."
Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran
were as fabulous as ever.
Diaz won the country's rst Miss Universe crown in 1969. Moran followed
four years later, winning in 1973.
Wurtzbach won the title in 2015. She
will be passing her crown at the 65th
Miss Universe pageant night, to be held
in the Mall of Asia Arena.
Watch the 65th Miss Universe coronation event live on GMA on January 30,
beginning at 8 a.m. ALG, GMA News

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A billion people to watch Ms Universe


global telecast

Good News Pilipinas | MANILA, 1/26/2017 -- Miss Universe pre-pageant activities


featuring the candidates in the
Philippines most popular tourist
attractions is expected to boost
the countrys tourism.
Boracay, recognized as the Best
Island in the World, was the site
for seaside photo opportunities
with the beauties enjoying the
white sand and clear blue water

sports.
One of the New 7 Wonders Cities, Vigan, hosted a fashion show
of the ladies in Philippine ternos.
Cebu, also ranked as one of the
Worlds Best Islands, hosted the
swimsuit presentation.
The candidates even picked
strawberries in Baguio and
enjoyed the ower festival with
reigning Miss Universe Pia
Alonzo Wurtzbach, and explored

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The coronation night which will be


held in the country on January 30 is expected to be seen on the global telecast
viewed by one billion people, reported
ABS-CBN news.
The pageants 86 hopefuls also provide
the world more pictures and videos of
the Philippine destinations to their social
media followers estimated at 100k each.
The Philippine government hopes the
exposure will boost Philippine tourism.
Presidential ally Luis Chavit Singson
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Kimi no Na wa pilgrimage tour set up by


Japanese govt, invites foreigners
Inquirer.net

The popularity of anime lm


Kimi no Na wa (Your Name.)
is simply unprecedented. It is
currently the highest grossing
anime lm of all time and looks
to gather even more fans when
it starts screening in the U.S. on
April.

Because of the lms popularity, the


Anime Tourism Association created the
Cool Japan Collaborative Project as a
special pilgrimage tour for fans of Kimi
no Na wa. The tour will feature both
the urban and rural destinations found in
the lm in a travel package for avid fans,
reports RocketNews24.
As a means of getting feedback on the
proposed travel itinerary and transportation routes, foreigners from all countries
are being invited to apply and try out the
tour. Only a total of 30 individuals will
be selected for the trip and each will run
for ve to six days between March 1
and April 30 of this year, depending on
departure locations.
Participating individuals must be
willing to answer surveys, travel by
public bus and on foot during the tour,
as well as share rooms that are segregated by gender. Five people will be the
minimum per group for each trip. As
real-life locations depicted in the movie

connected .. to savings
will be the destinations, the tour will be
inclusive of transportation, set meals and
accommodations. Everything will be
free and covered by the tour package.
The Japanese government is offering
their full support to this project as part
of the Cool Japan Initiative that aims
to promote anime, manga, food, and
fashion through the worldwide appeal of
cool Japanese culture.

Anyone who has especially watched


the movie more than once should
denitely try their luck and head on
over to the online application form. Its
a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the
locales of Kimi no Na wa as well as
contribute to the success of the unique
anime tourism project. Applications are
being accepted until February 28. Alfred
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